Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AFL Results Round 12 & Uglybustards Spot Prize #3

Only six games on the weekend, and another small number of games coming up as more teams take their bye.  Its interesting to see how each team uses the spare week to freshen up. The Pies went north  for instance. The bye can't come soon enough for Carlton with the hellish few weeks it has had. Here is how Brett Ratten has handled his troops and by the looks on their faces it really does seem to have paid dividends in deliverance from the pressures of AFL.  Mitch Robinson looks right at home. More to come after the tape, including the Uglybustards Spot Prize #3.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dictator Demetriou Deflects Frees Farce

Warning: this post has a high nerd factor of 9.98 out of 10. Proceed at your own risk.

Round 12 and the issue of umpires' decisions has raised its ugly head yet again after another West Coast game. Instead of acting on the blatantly lopsided Eagles' free kick count, Demetriou deflects criticism by launching a tirade against Twitter and a couple of Blues players' innocuous tweets. Well played sir.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

AFL results Round 11: Josh Hunt, rhymes with ...

Are Freo back or are the Tiges capitulating? And the Swans / Bombers game was an absolute ripper. But there's just one major talking point in this week's update. And that is the recovery of integrity as a footy player by Josh Hunt. Ridiculed by his peers for his outright cowardice on the field, in last Friday nights game against Carlton he took a massive step forward. Right on to Eddie Betts's arm.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tassie in the AFL...One Day...maybe..maybe not

A June 3rd Tim Lane article in The Age , which came to my attention via Robert Shaw on Twitter , once again raises the issue of why Tasmania doesn't have a team in the AFL.

Darrel Baldock and the Saints Cup
These two are proud, passionate Tasmanians who want to see a Tasmanian team represent their state. A state that has produced bona fide footy legends such as Peter Hudson, Royce Hart, Ian Stewart and Darrel Baldock, the captain of StKilda's only Premiership team in 1966.

Other recent players are Paul Sproule, Michael Roach, Rodney Eade, Matty Richardson, James Manson, Alistair Lynch, Darrin Pritchard, Brodie Holland, Russell Robertson, the Febey twins, the Gale and Rawlings brothers, Graham Wright, Adrian Fletcher, Andy Lovell, Paul Williams, Daryn Cresswell and Doug Barwick. There were many more who crossed Bass Strait in the 60s 70s 80s and 90s, not forgetting Robert Shaw himself.

Along with some local talent, about half of the above mentioned played in the 1990 Tasmanian state team captained by Pritchard that defeated Victoria by 33 points at North Hobart Oval. They would have made a decent team for the regular AFL season.

Monday, June 04, 2012

AFL R10: The Mythbusters Round

Plenty of myths busted in this week's round of AFL

Myth #1: That a certain Mythbusters Narrator knows nothing about AFL.

Robert Lee
tipped every single upset this week, and got the margin spot on for the Friday night Saints Tigers game!